COCHRAN AND WICKER URGE MISS. STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR 2013 U.S. SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM
Sept. 28 Application Deadline Set for Program that Offers Trip to Washington, Scholarship
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the start of the 2012-2013 school year in Mississippi, U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today encouraged eligible Mississippi high school students to consider applying for the 2013 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP).
The nomination process has begun to select two Mississippi high school students to take part in the 51st annual USSYP Washington Week, a program established by the Senate in 1962 to expose student leaders to the federal government and the U.S Senate. The nominations deadline for Mississippi students is Sept. 28.
High school students who are seniors or juniors and who are involved in student government at public or private schools are eligible for the week-long program to be held March 9-16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The selection process is based, in part, on academic achievement, leadership capabilities and public service.
“The U.S. Senate Youth Program is well-established and will give two Mississippi students an excellent chance to learn more about government and public service. This rigorous educational program allows a unique educational experience for our nation’s high school students,” Cochran said.
“This is an opportunity to recognize two Mississippi students who have demonstrated an ability to lead early on,” said Wicker. “Public service is a critical component of our democracy, and we must continue to educate young men and women who will be future leaders in their communities.”
The Hearst Foundation, which fully funds and administers the USSYP, will provide each delegate with a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship and a trip to Washington.
While in the nation’s capital, the selected Mississippi students will join delegates from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The USSYP Washington Week program includes meetings with a Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Senators, cabinet secretaries and other policy makers.
Mississippi’s 2012 Senate Youth Program delegates were Michael Wilkerson of Wilkinson County and Elizabeth Wicks of Ocean Springs.
Interested students may visit www.ussenateyouth.org to access a 2013 USSYP brochure outlining the rules and selection process information. Students may also contact their high school principal or the state-level selection administrator Cecily McNair. The state’s 2013 delegates will be announced in mid-December.
Director, Mississippi Teacher Center
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